Ministering to Education: A Reformer Reports

Ministering to Education: A Reformer Reports

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ISBN-13: 9781909844834
Publisher: Parthian Books
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author


Leighton Andrews has been the assembly member for the Rhondda since 2003. A former head of public affairs at the BBC in London, he has been a visiting professor at the University of Westminster and an honorary professor at Cardiff University. He was Carwyn Jones’ campaign manager in the Welsh Labour leadership election in 2009, and convened the steering group for the Yes campaign in the 2011 referendum. Sir Michael Barber is the chief education advisor for Pearson publishing company. He is a former partner and head of the global education practice at McKinsey & Company consulting firm, advisor to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and a global expert on education reform and implementation of large-scale system change.

Table of Contents

Foreword Sir Michael Barber ix

Introduction 1

Appointed Minister for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning 7

Setting the Direction 22

Leading Change 38

Removing Distractions - Funding the Future 52

Avoiding Distractions: No Academies 64

Three Clear Priorities 81

From School Effectiveness to School Improvement 100

Local Delivery 129

A World-Class Workforce 149

Qualifications Reform 167

Michael Gove and the war on Wales 187

English Language GCSE 207

Curriculum reform and cultural choices: unfinished business 231

Learning in a digital world 252

A Living Language 264

Adapt or Die 284

The New Higher Education Policy 312

Tuition Fees and Funding 331

Skills for Employment 353

Devolution, Difference - and Delivery 370

Acknowledgements 381

Glossary 384

Bibliographical Essay 386

Chronology 394

Index 398

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